Yola’s ‘Walk Through Fire’ – A Modern Classic
Jan21

Yola’s ‘Walk Through Fire’ – A Modern Classic

Read our review of the spellbinding “Walk Through Fire’ by Yola Yola Carter – photo: Alysse Gafkjen Debut Album  ‘Walk Through Fire’ Out February 22 2019 By Rob Dickens This is a truly remarkable album. An epic. It sweeps up stunning arrangements, well-crafted songwriting and masterful session playing, with Yola’s commanding and glorious vocal presence to give us, and I say this with the utmost...

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How Many L’s in Glassellland?!
Jan10

How Many L’s in Glassellland?!

Read our review of Glasellland by Jordie Lane on its world-wide release   By Rob Dickens         Jordie Lane‘s album Glassellland has been around Australian traps for a while, having been released here in September 2016.  The album has received significant acclaim from this warmly-regarded ex-pat Australian roots artist and now, with its world-wide release in late 2018, I thought it timely to reflect on the virtues contained...

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Danny Burns and Friends – A Collaborative Gem
Dec07

Danny Burns and Friends – A Collaborative Gem

Read our review of ‘North Country’ by Danny Burns   By Rob Dickens       When I saw Danny Burns a while back at Music City Roots (please find a new venue MCR, we miss your intelligent spirit!), I learned a few facts – a lad from County Donegal in Ireland, given the opportunity to work with some impressive musicians, a new album with some gifted contributors, the new songs previewed that night sounded strong. Well the...

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Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys Reviewed
Nov17

Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys Reviewed

Read our review of Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys   By Rob Dickens         It has been too long since his last outing, but the impatience with that wait has instantly dissipated with what has just come.  Released on November 16, 2018 (on Waterbug Records) Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys comes from a deep well of emotion which is conveyed with clarity and purpose to the listener. Originally from Fayetteville, North...

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Edward David Anderson and Chasing Butterflies Reviewed
Nov06

Edward David Anderson and Chasing Butterflies Reviewed

Read our review of Chasing Butterflies by Edward David Anderson   By Rob Dickens           Edward David Anderson might not be that well known to many of you. But that should change given what he has been able to deliver with Chasing Butterflies, his third solo studio record (released this October on his own Black Dirt Records). Anderson has been writing songs, making records, and playing shows for a living for more than two decades. ...

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Rudi Ekstein and Carolina Chimes Reviewed
Nov02

Rudi Ekstein and Carolina Chimes Reviewed

Read our review of Carolina Chimes by mandolinist Rudi Ekstein     By Rob Dickens         Rudi Ekstein has been in the music business for many years as a performer, producer and studio owner.  His latest recording is Carolina Chimes: Rudi Ekstein’s All Original Bluegrass Instrumental Showcase, which was released this October via his own Foxfire Recording. It’s a weighty title to be sure.  As someone new to this artist, it became...

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